Possible Input method -- press and drag

Vincent imnotb at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 22:27:34 CEST 2007

On 02/10/2007, Robin Paulson <robin.paulson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 03/10/2007, Derek Pressnall <dpressnall at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The idea is to present a graphic that is similar to a standard phone
> > keypad layout, with standard lettering and number positions.  To enter
> > a specific letter, you touch the button associated with that letter
> > and drag your finger/stylus in a particular direction to indicate
> > which letter to choose. For example, to enter an "a", press the number
> > 2, then drag to the left and release.  A "b" would be "press 2, drag
> > upwards and release", and a "c" would be "press 2, drag right then
> > release".  And so on.  To enter the number 2, just press and release
> > without dragging.  To be easily usable, the method shouldn't require
> > you to drag completely off the button, but should also require a
> > minimum drag length.
> >
> > What does everyone think about the usability of this type of method?
> > Once I get up to speed on GTK programming, I can take a stab at it,
> > but it may be a bit before I get time for it.  So if someone else
> > wants to give it a shot, go ahead.
> i think this has been done already, sort of. see:
> http://www.micropp.se/openmoko/

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